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please review new lilo debconf question



Hi all,

[Please reply to myself, the bug and the list]

As part of the bug sprint for cookies, I've been assigned to fix an RC
bug in lilo (#479607 and clones). Since I don't know assembly, my
proposed fix will be to add a debconf prompt asking if the person doing
the upgrade wants to add the large-memory option to their configuration
file. I will also add a NEWS.Debian file so that other sysadmins may
receive information about the issue and a README.Debian entry with full
info about the issue and extra tips for solving it. It would be great if
debian-l10n-english could review the text for these three parts:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
NEWS.Debian entry

lilo (1:22.8-6) unstable; urgency=low

  lilo may fail to boot with a large kernel+initrd. Please read
  README.Debian for ways to work around this problem.

 -- Paul Wise <pabs@debian.org>  Sat, 25 Oct 2008 21:24:04 +0800

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debconf question:

Template: lilo/add_large_memory
Type: boolean
Default: true
_Description: Do you want to add the large-memory option?
 By default lilo loads the initrd file into the first 15Mb of memory
 to avoid a BIOS limitation with older systems (earlier than 2001).
 .
 Unfortunately with newer kernels the combination of kernel and initrd
 may not fit into the first 15Mb of memory and so the system will not
 boot properly. It seems that the boot issues appear when the
 kernel+initrd combination is larger than 8MB.
 .
 If you have a newer BIOS without the 15Mb limitation, you can add the
 large-memory option to /etc/lilo.conf to tell lilo to use more memory
 for passing the initrd to the kernel. You will need to re-run lilo
 to make this option take effect.
 .
 If you have an older BIOS you may need to reduce the size of the initrd
 *before* rebooting, please see README.Debian for tips on how to do that.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
README.Debian entry:

--[ Large initrd files and lilo

By default lilo loads the initrd file into the first 15MB of memory
to avoid a BIOS limitation with older systems (earlier than 2001).

Unfortunately with newer kernels the combination of kernel and initrd
may not fit into the first 15MB of memory and so the system will not
boot properly.

If you have a newer BIOS without the 15MB limitation, you can add the
large-memory option to /etc/lilo.conf to tell lilo to use more memory
for passing the initrd to the kernel. You will need to re-run lilo
to make this option take effect.

If you have an older BIOS you will need to reduce the size of the initrd
*before* rebooting.

If you are using initramfs-tools, you should replace MODULES=most with
MODULES=dep in your configuration and regenerate your initrd file:

sed -i -e s/MODULES=most/MODULES=dep/ /etc/initramfs-tools/initramfs.conf
update-initramfs -u

If you are using yaird or any other initrd generator, please consult
the documentation for your initrd generator.

-- 
bye,
pabs

http://wiki.debian.org/PaulWise

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